Iron Workers

Starting Wage


Journey-Level Wage


The listed wages may vary by state and county. Check out the Ironworkers 512 website for additional wage and benefit information, here.

Rock-Solid Benefits

  • Retirement And Pension Funds

  • Wellness Program

  • Health Care

  • Vacation Fund

Career Requirements

  • Must Be 18 Years Old For Hire

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Driver's License

An ironworker forges hot iron at an anvil.

Working with iron can bring you to great heights. There are three types of ironworkers. Which path is meant for you?

Structural Ironworkers unload, erect and connect fabricated iron beams to form the project skeleton. They work primarily on industrial, commercial and large residential buildings, as well as build towers, bridges, stadiums and prefabricated metal buildings.

Reinforcing Ironworkers fabricate and place steel bars (rebar) in concrete forms to reinforce structures. They also install post-tensioning tendons (cables) to place in concrete forms along with reinforcing steel and stress tendons using hydraulic jacks and pumps after the concrete is poured and hardened.

Ornamental Ironworkers install metal windows into a building’s masonry or wooden openings and erect curtain wall and window wall systems that cover the steel or reinforced concrete structure of a building. They also install and erect metal stairways, catwalks, gratings, doors, railings, fencing, elevator fronts and building entrances.


Call the Training Center at 651-489-3829 for application information and visit the website.

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High school students should take construction, shop and trade courses that focus on measuring and using math skills to estimate. Knowledge of trigonometry, confidently using the Pythagorean theorem, and calculating volume and slope will be used daily in the trade.

Completion of high school classes does not count for hours in the apprenticeship program, but the experience and classes taken are valuable to building students’ skill sets and should be discussed in the interview portion of the apprenticeship application.


A two-year diploma is not required to qualify for an apprenticeship with Local 512. However, credits may count toward the apprenticeship program if a student takes construction-related classes at one of the following programs: Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Humboldt High School, Dakota County Area Learning School (DCALS) and Roseville ALC. Call Local 512 at 651.489.3829 prior to signing up for post-secondary opportunities to confirm credits transfer.


An ironworker apprenticeship with Local 512 is a three-year paid program in which apprentices receive on-the-job practical training and classroom instruction. Apprentices must complete 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and 204 hours of classroom work each year. Related training classes are held two nights per week, September through May. Class fees are approximately $400 per semester with all textbooks and materials.

Applications are accepted year-round. Get application and schedule an interview, here.

Prior to placement with a contractor, each selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a drug screen, attend orientation and training classes in OSHA 10, OSHA Sub-Part R, MSHA and First Aid/CPR before final acceptance into the program.

Applicants selected for job placement must be able to furnish their own transportation, pay school tuition, purchase tools, be agreeable to a certain amount of travel, and be aware of periods of unemployment due to the lack of construction activity.


Iron Workers must provide their own hand tools as necessary for the type of work they are performing. Initial cost for the basic tools an apprentice will need is from $350.00 to $600.00.


Iron Workers must be able to furnish their own transportation and be agreeable to a certain amount of travel. Many times construction sites are located outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area and require reliable transportation.

When an ironworker can demonstrate competence in vital skills, the apprenticeship will be complete and participants will graduate as a journey-level construction trades worker. After joining the union, apprentices will be eligible for healthcare and dental insurance after 350 hours of work is completed within a quarter.

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Manual dexterity, and the ability to interpret blueprints and knowledge to safely operate the tools of the trade. The work is very physical, so it will also require healthy individuals with good stamina, agility and balance.

For high school students preparing to become an ironworker, part-time jobs that require a person to work with metals and measure and cut dimensions easily can build valuable experience.


Military members do not receive direct entry into the apprenticeship program but their service will reflect positively in the interview.

Local Offices


Twin Cities Iron Workers Local 512

851 Pierce Butler Route
St. Paul, MN 55104

Drug Testing

An employer/contractor/apprenticeship instructor may require drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants for employment, including random testing.

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